The Vessels

Fiction - Supernatural
338 Pages
Reviewed on 08/31/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Vessels is an engaging work of fiction in the supernatural and thriller sub-genres and was penned by author Anna M. Elias. This is an exciting and conceptual work which concerns spirits in Limbo in the afterlife who wished to return to the earthly world for a shot at redemption. Four volunteers in North America join the VESSELS program in order for spirits to inhabit their bodies and take seven days to try to right their past wrongs. But when the spirit of a serial killer enters one such vessel with a very different plan in mind, the story takes a series of sharp and unexpected turns and a true race for survival begins.

Author Anna M. Elias has crafted a serial killer thriller novel like nothing I’ve ever read before. In the first instance, this is a unique conceptual premise, set up by including such powerful yet believable supernatural elements, and the realism put into the contextualization for the VESSELS program and its hidden facility in Reno makes you feel as though this is a real instance which could be happening today. On top of that, Elias develops strong characters that are fully realized: both the vessels themselves and the spirits who inhabit them are given deep emotional traits and stories which readers can relate to and empathize with. Combining this with a tense serial killer plot produces a high quality and unputdownable novel, and overall I would highly recommend The Vessels to any supernatural thriller fan looking for their next captivating read.

Risah Salazar

Tal Davis lost her husband and her little boy in a car crash. Guilt consumed her, making her spend her life as a police officer living on the edge, welcoming death in every operation in the hopes of being with her family again. That was how she coped until she met Jake. But because of her stubbornness, Jake is now gone too. She loses her job, her colleagues' trust, and love, again. With a devious plan in mind, she takes a one-way ticket flight to Reno where her family died. She buys a blade, walks through an alley filled with homeless people and huge trash bins, and cuts her wrists. To her disappointment, someone comes to her rescue. They mend her wounds and introduce her to The Vessels Program. It works by finding broken people, giving them a home, and asking them to let their bodies become vessels to spirits with unfinished business here on Earth, for seven days. The people heading the program say they respect everyone's choice, but if you say no, they will wipe all your memories clean.

A nicely paced narrative with diverse characters, Anna M. Elias's The Vessels boggles the mind with every chapter. Is the program giving these people a new life or are they being used? What is free will anyway? Is it only allowed for the benefit of the greater good and not for just yourself? This book is heavy on spirituality and faith so non-believers may find it hard to read along. There is more than one main character but Elias takes her time and does a wonderful job in making their motivations known. Suspenseful and intriguing, The Vessels is a good book to read and reflect on.